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PC Specialist Associate Degree Programs

If you are interested in becoming a specialist in the operation of computers, you should look into an associate's degree in the area. This article shows you the specialty areas available in networking and PC support, along with typical classes in repair and networking.

What is a PC Specialist Associate's Degree Program?

Through an associate's degree program, such as the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology with a concentration in PC Support and networking, AAS in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in PC support, or AAS in PC Support, you can gain training in complex computer functions. While pursuing your degree, you may also explore advanced topics in networking, programming or software. You can also gain training in PC specialist areas of hardware, programming, security and networking, as well as how to use different types of computer operating systems and computer hardware design.

Degree FieldsInformation technology, PC support, networking
Common ClassesFirewalls, network systems, information security, equipment repair
Program FormatOn campus
Career OptionsWeb developer, PC repair technician, computer support specialist, support technician
Median Salary (2018)$53,470 (computer support specialists)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)11% growth (computer support specialists)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What Courses Can I Expect?

Along with the general education courses, your program may also include major and elective courses similar to the following:

  • Firewalls
  • Network security
  • Electronic fundamentals
  • Computer support
  • Network systems
  • Information security
  • Integrated software applications
  • Microcomputer hardware
  • Equipment repair

You may be unable to find distance education programs in PC specialist support since most programs provide hands-on training with installing, maintaining and troubleshooting PCs. Courses in an associate's degree program may also cover Microsoft Windows, Linux and UNIX, as well as training in Cisco networking, C++ and Visual Basic programming languages.

What Can I Do With My Education?

Completing an associate's degree program for PC specialists can also prepare you for related positions, such as website developer, PC repair technician, computer support specialist or support technician. You may be able to find one of these positions in a variety of settings, such as in a computer support department.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that employment for computer support specialists would grow by 11% between 2016 and 2026 (www.bls.gov). You can also pursue a bachelor's degree in computer science, management information systems or information science, which the BLS notes is required for advancement to computer network, systems and administrator careers.